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In Search of a New Image of ThoughtGilles Deleuze and Philosophical Expressionism$
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Gregg Lambert

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816678020

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816678020.001.0001

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The Image of Thought in Kafka, Or the Second Literary Machine (Ca. 1975)

The Image of Thought in Kafka, Or the Second Literary Machine (Ca. 1975)

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In Search of a New Image of Thought

Gregg Lambert

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter analyzes the image of the thought as envisioned in Kafka: Toward a Minor Literature. In this book, the term “rhizome” appears to determine the particular “image of thought” in Kafka’s writing, which is proposed in relation to the experimental method of reading Kafka: the method of “anti-interpretation.” The underlying principle of this method of “anti-interpretation” is that, in the form of the rhizome, thought gives itself over to experimentation, which is to say, it does not know what it is looking for in advance. In Kafka, the vegetal realm of the rhizome is also a “burrow,” which is to say a vegetal realm with the animal-logos concealed inside. This tension defines the readings of Deleuze and Guattari of Kafka’s writings as an echo of Proust’s concept of a multiplicity produced from a whole.

Keywords:   Kafka, Kafka: Toward a Minor Literature, rhizome, animal-logos, multiplicity, anti-interpretation, experimentation

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